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JVD residents bemoan ‘ignored’ concerns

- cite need for safety & road signs
February 5th, 2014 | Tags: Jost Van Dyke road safety concerns neglect ignored
Residents of Jost Van Dyke are appealing for an urgent fix to one of the main thoroughfares of the island, noting that it has been an eyesore for years and has been continuously neglected. Photo: VINO
Residents also complained that they needed the road that goes past the Jost Van Dyke Police Station to be turned into a one-way pass as they felt the road was too narrow in several areas to accommodate traffic in both directions. Photo: VINO
Residents also complained that they needed the road that goes past the Jost Van Dyke Police Station to be turned into a one-way pass as they felt the road was too narrow in several areas to accommodate traffic in both directions. Photo: VINO
A section of the narrow roadway that residents want turned into a one-way pass. Photo: VINO
A section of the narrow roadway that residents want turned into a one-way pass. Photo: VINO
GREAT HARBOUR, Jost Van Dyke, VI – Residents of Jost Van Dyke (JVD) are appealing for an urgent fix to one of the main thoroughfares of the island, noting that it has been an eyesore for years and has been continuously neglected.

According to one taxi driver who opted to remain anonymous, tourists who are repeat visitors often tend to ask who is in charge of the roads and why they continue to be neglected by officials of the Territory given their frequent usage.

Residents also complained that they needed the road that goes past the Jost Van Dyke Police Station to be turned into a one-way pass as they felt the road was too narrow in several areas to accommodate traffic in both directions.

“We don’t want [drivers] coming down rushing to catch the ferry, we want it in one direction,” taxi driver, Gregory A. Callwood expressed.

“Simple things like [road] signs we need,” he added in frustration, “I’m tired telling them.”

He expressed that residents’ concerns continue to be ignored by legislators in the House of Assembly and officials do not meet with residents of the island to hear their concerns.

“This needs to be taken care of,” he continued, “this is our main infrastructure.”

According to another resident, vehicles could often be seen speeding on the sandy pathway to the detriment of children or slow moving pedestrians. This, the resident noted, poses a danger also to the many of senior citizen tourists that come to the island.

Attempts to contact Second District Representative Hon. J. Alvin Christopher for comment on the issues raised by the residents were unsuccessful up to post time.

9 Responses to “JVD residents bemoan ‘ignored’ concerns”

  • whatever (05/02/2014, 09:07) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply

    These issues didn't just pop up. Where was the reporting 3,4,5yrs ago? All of a sudden people know what it is to be concerned? That's what they get for voting based on s..t instead of common sense. JVD, VG and Anegada been voting the same dead horses for decades because of promises of gold and they keep getting the s..t stick. I hear people keep saying the last Government did so well. So you telling me they did so well that the place fell apart completely in 2yrs? Who you all fooling? This place will take 8-12 more years of serious and hard decisions before it can even begin to look like a success story again.

  • dog (05/02/2014, 09:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    DO NOT FEEL BAD ROADS IN CANE GARDEN BAY ARE THE SAME AS JVD NELEGTED
    • :/ (05/02/2014, 10:37) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      Not just CGB is the entire island. I often wonder if these politicians have a secret route we the public don't know about that they take so they don't have to drive on these crappy roads...completely asanine
  • ooooo (05/02/2014, 09:51) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    ndp has got to go!
  • pic (05/02/2014, 11:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I ALMOST GOT KILL ON THE HIGHWAY. THERE IS A BIG POT HOLE YOU CAN LIE DOWN IN IT ON THE LONG STRECH TO WEST END BY THAT HOUSE .WHERE IS MARK ? FIXING A DRAIN IN TOWN .ALL OVER MARK BVI IS ALL OVER
  • vip (05/02/2014, 15:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is expected because it is a vip district.
  • egg face (05/02/2014, 15:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Poor ayo on the sister islands I feel your pain
  • Abby (05/02/2014, 19:10) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Since the BVI is Owned by the UK, The UK should be responsible for our infrastructure and police salaries. Our Government should not have to foot the bill for this. The UK wants to be in charge but do not give a damn about us. I blame the Government for this because we don't ask for much, but this is something serious that we need help with and they should bring it forth to the UK. Our infrastructure has become life threatening for all of our islands.
  • RoyC (06/02/2014, 11:02) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The UK can certainly assist ; the local representative however is either incompetent or does not give a damn. In addition he is never available and there is no periodic meetings with the locals. Now that the elections are in sight you may see some piecemeal improvement. Decent roads will provide not only accessibility but will encourage overall development. While on the subject the local PWD is in need of a bulldozer and supplies. Last but not least there ought to be an architectural planning board with a vision to promote uniformity while simultaneously protect the environment.


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